Prizefighters is a pixel wrestling game that looks a lot like the old classic Punch-Out! Actually, it even plays a lot like the classic.
The moment you launch the game the first time, you’re greeted by a short tutorial which teaches you how to play the game. The screen is divided into four sections, basically, imagine an ‘x’ and ‘y’ axis drawn on the screen. Those are your four sections, top-right, top-left, bottom-right, bottom-left. Tapping in the relevant section results in your wrestler punching the opponent in that respective location. Fairly simple right? Next, you have the block, by sliding your finger up and holding you perform a block. Slide upwards and hold for a high block, downwards for a low block. You can move your finger downward after executing an upper block to shift to the lower block and vice versa. Then you can slide your finger sideways to perform a dodge in the respective direction. That about covers the controls. Pretty easy. You also have the option to switch from sliding for blocking to simply placing and holding two fingers on the screen. The options also let you calibrate the ‘x’ and ‘y’ axis to your liking.
The game has two game modes as of right now, “Arcade” and “Career”. While Arcade lets you choose a difficulty and get right into the wrestling, career mode lets you pick a wrestler, (even customise him to some extent) and attempt to climb a leaderboard against progressively stronger AI opponents. In career mode, you also earn XP which you can use to unlock skills for your wrestler. Whenever you level up, you can choose one of two skills for your wrestler. You might want to think about the skill you’re picking depending on how you’re building your wrestler, i.e, whether you’re going for the fast, balanced, or powerhouse approach in stat distribution. Leveling up rewards you with a stat point which you can place in one of the several stats.
Each match also rewards you with money which you can use to unlock customisations.
After each match in Arcade mode, you’re shown a cool little pixel newspaper with a headline relevant to the result of the match. We found that pretty neat.
All-in-all, Prizefighters is a great not-as-mindless-as-you-might-think tapping game that is pretty fun.
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Manish "Trigger-Happy" Rajesh
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